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Headword: *balantioto/mos
Adler number: beta,68
Translated headword: cut-purse, purse-cutter
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] thief.
Also [sc. attested are] balantiotomoi ["purse-cutters"]. "When they spent a lot of money they were considered seducers, catamites, burglers, purse-cutters, kidnappers and such-like sorts."[1]
Purse-cutters [are] those who steal purses [balantia].[2]
Greek Original:
*balantioto/mos: kle/pths. kai\ *balantioto/moi. xrhma/twn te mega/lwn e)wnhme/noi h)/gonto moixoi\, po/rnoi, toixwru/xoi, balantioto/moi, a)ndrapodistai\ kai\ ta\ toiau=ta e)/qnh. *balantioto/moi de\ oi( ta\ bala/ntia kle/ptontes.
See also beta 67.
[1] Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana 4.22; cf. epsilon 327, chi 489.
[2] cf. the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 772, where this word appears.
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; philosophy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 14 April 2002@11:21:13.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 15 April 2002@03:28:20.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 1 September 2002@09:13:12.
David Whitehead (another x-ref; another keyword; cosmetics) on 20 April 2010@09:56:56.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 20 May 2012@09:09:53.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 21 May 2012@00:33:12.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@06:22:49.
David Whitehead on 15 September 2015@04:28:25.


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